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Nature Birdwatching Guides

Warblers of Eastern North America

by (author) Chris G. Earley

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
Birdwatching Guides, Reference
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price

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A classic field guide to these well-loved birds, updated with the latest taxonomical information. Nothing says spring to a birder like seeing the flash of bright plumage as a warbler, recently arrived from its southern wintering grounds, flits from branch to branch, hunting for insects. Eastern North America is home to over 40 species of warblers, and Warblers of Eastern North America is the essential guidebook to identifying and enjoying the huge range of species that live in this area of the continent.

With over 240 crisp, full-color photographs and precise identification notes, Warblers of Eastern North America is indispensable to naturalists, students and birders of all levels of experience. Author and naturalist Chris G. Earley's concise and well-organized text gives the reader pointers on identification - including male and female differences, seasonal plumages, distinctive markings, song descriptions and cheat sheets. The book also features range maps for each described species, charts showing the seasonal status of the warblers, and photographic comparison charts that group similar-looking birds on a single page for quick reference. Here are just a handful of the species profiled in Warblers of Eastern North America:

  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Painted Redstart
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • And many, many more!

This new edition of Warblers of Eastern North America, updated for the first time in nearly two decades, features an additional warbler species as well as new taxonomical information and updated scientific names. The book also features all new photographs, lending this new edition of a classic text a fresh look.

About the author

Chris G Earley is the interpretive biologist and education coordinator at the Arboretum, University of Guelph He is also the author of numerous titles on birds and the natural world, including How to Feed Backyard Birds, 125 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario, Hawks and Owls of Eastern North America and Waterfowl of Eastern North America

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Editorial Reviews

[Review of previous edition:] Excellent coverage of all North American warblers. This is an outstanding publication and supplement to standard field guides.

Science Books and Films

[Review of previous edition:] Highly illustrated with exquisite color photographs in a natural setting... a welcome addition to my library.

New Hampshire Wildlife

[Review of previous edition:] This book gives birders an excellent resource for enjoying these colorful and much beloved birds.

International Hawkwatcher

[Review of previous edition:] Less can be more. That's the case with [this book]... two pages are devoted to each species of warbler, which allows room for multiple photos, range maps and informative text.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

[Review of previous edition:] Intended to help birders... they generally succeed, accurately portraying sexual and seasonal differences in plumage.


[Review of previous edition:] These tidy little books provide nice introductions ... terrific primer.


[Review of previous edition:] Excellent field photographs and a text of precise identification notes ... handy and attractive ... Highly recommended.


[Review of previous edition:] Well-done, birder-friendly guides that fit easily into any field pack and are recommended for both beginning and advanced birders.

BirdWatcher's Digest

[Review of previous edition:] The author of these guides is a naturalist/teacher who clearly knows how to present bird-identification information in an organized, attractive, and educational format.

American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35

[Review of previous edition:] Lovely books ... the range maps are the first I've seen in any guide that fully delineate both breeding range and wintering range.

[Review of previous edition:] Excellent information, more than 200 quality color photographs and delightful prose make these must-have guides.

Montreal Gazette

[Review of previous edition:] Colorful photographic guides... delightful companions for beginning birders in eastern North America.


I never read a bird guide by Ontario birder, author and educator Chris G. Earley that I did not treasure. I admire his informal approach, the splendid photographs in each volume, and Chris' dedication to helping birders of all levels with solid science, pictorial comparison charts and helpful hints... This new edition of Warblers of Eastern North America is an excellent, featherweight guide to carry into the field.

OFO News

[Review of previous edition:] The most comprehensive information on several targeted species, packed in a colorful, convenient format.

Bird Times

An excellent companion for the spring birding opportunities about to be ours... The book is slim enough for a jacket pocket, informative enough to be of real assistance... The photos are excellent. There are pages of photos comparing look-alike species. Spring and fall feathering is shown. The design of the book makes its use easy... The range maps are worth a comment: I regard them as a measure of the publisher's intent to serve readers fully. This book has five-star range maps; they are excellent.


[Review of previous edition:] Makes identifying these remarkable and diverse families of birds as easy as possible.

Princeton Times of Trenton

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